Wednesday 24 August 2022

Our Lady Undoer of Knots - Sylvia Dorham and Mia Sasseer

Our Lady Undoer of Knots
Mia Sasseer (Illustrator)
ISBN 9781505121568
eISBN 9781505121582

I have read a few books written by Sylvia Dorham over the years, and I believe this is the first I have read illustrated by Mia Sasseer. I really enjoy Dorham’s monk’s series, especially The Monks Make Amends. This one is a little different. It is absolutely a picture book for the earliest of readers. With a maximum of 4 lines per page, though most have 2, and a maximum of 6 words per line, though most have less.

The description of this book is:

““The knot of Eve's disobedience was loosed by the obedience of Mary. For what the virgin Eve had bound fast through unbelief, this did the virgin Mary set free through faith.” —St. Irenaeus of Lyons

Few devotions to the Blessed Virgin Mary have spread more in recent years than Our Lady, Undoer of Knots. When the faithful encounter trying moments, when all hope seems to be lost, they turn to their mother.

“Come with me to my Son,” she tells us. And all is unbound.

Through ordinary and everyday situations, rhymed verse, whimsical art, and subtle theology, this charming work—one of the first children's books to celebrate this beloved devotion—will teach everyone in the family how to approach their mother when they are in need.

Just as she untangled the knot of fallen humanity through her fiat, so Our Lady does for us in all our difficulties, both big and small, by teaching us to say yes to God. Our Lady, Undoer of Knots, pray for us!”

The book was not what I was expecting. I was hoping for a history of the devotion, which was completely absent in the book. I really liked the page with the titles of Mary, it could lead to some great discussion. And the lessons in the book are well written. The volume is listed as 24 pages. But it honestly feels shorter. I got to the page with the About the Author information and was surprised. I was surprised I was at the end, and that there was no information about the Illustrator. 

The illustrations are wonderful. Even for young readers the book is a little light on content. That being said it is still a good volume. 

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2022 Catholic Reading Plan!  

Books by Sylvia Dorham:
The Monks Series:
The Monk’s Daily Bread

Other Books:
Rosana: A Modern Retelling of the Book of Ruth
The Book of Names: An Accounting of What Might Have Been
Avoiding The Octopus

Other books about Our Lady Undoer of Knots:

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